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A 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit Morocco on Friday 8 September around 11 p.m (local time). More than 2,000 people have been killed and thousands injured. Please donate what you can today.

What is happening in Morocco?

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Morocco on Friday September 8 around 11 p.m (local time). This destructive earthquake hit the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and was felt in Marrakech, the closest major city over 70km away.

Over 2,000 people have sadly lost their lives, with thousands more injured. This toll is expected to increase as teams search the wreckage. Aftershocks are frequent and strong.

We will be collaborating with local partners in Morocco to assess the needs of the impacted communities and define our response to this earthquake.

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14 Sep 2023

The death toll rises as rescue operations are underway.

More than 2,500 people have lost their lives and 300,000 more have been affected. These figures are expected to continue to rise as rescue teams reach the disaster areas in the south of the country: Al Hauz, Taroudant, Chichaua, Ouarzazate and Marrakech governates.

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Rescue operations are underway after an earthquake hit Morocco on 8 Sept. 2023. Credit: Pablo Tosco / Oxfam Intermón
Aftermath of powerful quake in Morocco. Photo: Piero Cruciatti/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images



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08 Sep 2023

What happened?

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit Morocco Friday at 11:11 p.m. local time at a depth of 18.5 km, said the United States Geological Survey.

The epicenter of the earthquake was near the town of Ighil in Al Haouz Province, some 70 km southwest of Marrakesh.

The quake has claimed the lives of 2,012 people and injured 2,059, with 1,404 of them in serious condition, according to the latest update from the country’s Interior Ministry on Saturday.

It is estimated that at least 300,000 people will be directly affected.

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Morocco Earthquake: Children stand by a damaged building after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Tahannaout, Morocco on Sept. 9, 2023. Photo: Xinhua/Shutterstock

What is Oxfam doing in response to the earthquake?

Our Oxfam team is investigating how we can support partners who are assessing the scale of devastation and the humanitarian needs. Based on that Oxfam will support their response in some of the most affected areas.
Oxfam has been working in Morocco since 1991, supporting some of the most vulnerable people, including small-scale farmers, women and youth, with income generation and employment projects. Several of the areas we supported have been hit by the earthquake.

We know from years of experience that affected people will need immediate lifesaving support including shelter, food and water. For the hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their homes and work, it may take them months and maybe years to recover from they will also need support to recover from this crisis and to rebuild their lives over the months and years to come.

Aftermath of powerful quake in Morocco. Photo: Piero Cruciatti/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images


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